This week has seen some of the most interesting releases of Kenyan music in the month of August.
Abbas Kubaff is back, and his return is a moment for all to celebrate the lyrical lion in the new release ‘High Noon’.
‘Bamba’ rapper returned to give Kenyan Hip hop lovers a dose of what they have missed in a new collaboration featuring OG Khaligraph Jones and Wakadinali. The track ‘High Noon’ is a tribute to the special herb marijuana and the hard-knock life of the disenfranchised Kenyan youth. Abbas leads the assault as he murders the track, and ‘Mananga Managos’ rappers Wakadinali lay the beat to rest in the last verse. To be honest, Khaligraph’s evidently different alongside the easy style of Kubaff and Wakadinali, probably due to the difference in his lyrical flow. Nonetheless, all the rappers make for a classic Kenyan hip hop release; displaying their mastery and undisputed talent. The trio is the epitome of all sectors of the local hip hop scene combining the legendary Abbas, the international star Khaligraph Jones and underground heavyweights Wakadinali. The Zozanation Production deserves to be on heavy rotation and blasting through your speakers.
After a mega-hit with ‘Drinx na Mayengs’ which was released 7 months ago in early 2019, the Decimal Records trio returns. Musical mastermind Eric Musyoka produced the beats for the new Decimal release ‘Bonge’ and it is a sure winner. The Decimators made of the trio of Brian Nadra, Bon’eye and Konkodi make another magical release for all the party people and the music takes a different direction. The track which features a tuba, and electric guitar compliment the hype lyrics served up by the trio. The video features no booty shaking, just great shots, awesome scenes for a classic output. Is it too presumptuous to say the Decimators can do no wrong?
Timmy Tdat has teamed up with Rostam and Ruby in a new release ‘Why Me?’ The track has a bongo feel as Tanzanian hip hop act Rostam sets the pace for the track with some touching lyrics in the first verse. Timmy picks up the tempo and gives a stirring account of the difficult life of an upcoming artist. Bongo songstress Ruby elevates the track, with her smooth as honey voice. The storyline is heart-warming, and the video impressively shot. The threesome prove to be a great collaboration, with each giving the best of their talent for a great track. Hamado on The Beat did a great job on the production, offering a high-quality release. The track is one of four collaborations for Timmy Tdat, but it just might be the transcend more markets with the strategic Tanzanian collaborators.
Which winning trio do you like most?